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are wayne lapierre of the nra and captain mark kelly, the husband of gabby giffords, a victim of gun violence. and is expected to speak sass well. >>> new orleans is beefing up security ahead of sunday's big game. 1300 federal agents and 3600 extra state troopers have been added. today, nfl officials will hold a news conference with homeland security secretary janet napolitano. and happy birthday to marcus mumford of mumford and sons. he tushs 26 today. old man. >>> all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments on those stories and the best political analysis on msnbc. and tonight, be sure to watch "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> and, finally, here's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. microsoft founder bill gates opens up about his charity, family and the future. and liza minnelli and cast of cabaret reunite to celebrate the film's 40th anniversary. >>> now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, sports and more. i'm richard lui along with bill karins. thanks for watching "early today." this, your first stop of
americans for responsible solutions. giffords' husband mark kelly cofounded the organization with her. he gave powerful testimony as well today. >> we believe wholly and completely in the second amendment and that it confers upon all americans the right to own a firearm for protection, collection, and recreation. we take that right very seriously, and we would never, ever give it up just like gabby would never relinquish her gun and i would never relinquish mine. but rights demand responsibility. and this right does not extend to terrorists. it does not extend to criminals. and it does not extend to the mentally ill. >> one more thing i want you to see. following this morning's testimony, gabby giffords and mark kelly met with president obama in the oval office. so david corn, i show you all that and i ask how can the momentum to the extent that momentum exists right now on the president and the white house side, how can it be maintain snd how do you maintain that level of emotional testimony? >> well, it was quite an emotional moment watching gabby giffords get up there courageously and
husband mark kelly, incredibly powerful as well particularly in the moment that he smacked down wayne lapierre. it really is almost stunning what he said right? the whole exchange with dick durbin about what is the point of background checks. dick durbin is like that's the point you moron. >> yeah, and the other important point that i think rebuts that is that we have had now the brady system up and running since the late '90s, and actually 1.5 million gun transactions have been blocked because of the system that is in place, which, again, is a very spotty system in terms of mental health records and states that don't really do a good job of keeping their criminal record but even with those handicaps it still works, and the notion that it just doesn't work -- this is one of the nra talking points. it's just fact rally false, and -- and again obviously, durbin's point that it's a deterrence to people to guy guns is also the obvious counter to that claim. but i come from a more rural part of connecticut, and obviously there are a lot of gun owners out here. backgrou
astronaut mark kelly also testified as well. these two encouraging, inspiring. they have launched americans for responsible solutions. that's a push for gun control. a senate panel is hearing from opponents of more gun control laws. executive vice president of the nra said the focus should be on making schools more secure, more aggressive. prosecution of gun criminals and fixing the country's mental health system. wayne la pierre says gun laws are not the answer. >> while we are ready to participate in a meaningful effort to solve these pressing problems we must disagree with some members of the committee and many in the media and all the gun control groups on what will keep our kids and keep our streets safe. law abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals. nor do we believe government should dictate what we clawfulln and use to protect our families. we have to be honest about what works and what does not work. proposals that would serve to burden the law abiding have failed in the past and will fail in the future. semi-automatic firearm technolog
mark kelly have now launched their own campaign for tougher gun laws. capitalizing on the public outcry that followed december's mass shooting at an elementary school in newtown, connecticut. >> after 20 kids and six of their teachers were gunned down in their classrooms at sandy hook, we said, this time must be different. something needs to be done. we are simply two reasonable americans who have said enough. >> ifill: but at today's hearings, national rifle association vice president wayne lapierre pushed back insisting that the real solution to gun violence is to enforce existing laws. >> unfortunately, we've seen a dramatic collapse in federal gun prosecutions in recent years. overall in 2011, federal weapons prosecutions per capita were down 35% from their peak in the previous administration. that means violent felons, gang members and the mentally ill who possess firearms are not being prosecuted. and that's unacceptable. proposing more gun control laws, while failing to enforce the thousands we already have is not a serious solution to reducing crime. >> ifill: several committee
husband mark kelly, testifying on gun violence. 11:50, senator kirsten gillibrand. later, immigration reform efforts. former arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords, who was shot in had a constituent event two years ago, testified before the senate judiciary committee on preventing future gun violence. her husband, mark kelly, an nra ceo wayne lapierre also testified. this hearing is just under four hours. [no audio] >> we have more than 200 people here today and hundreds more watching on our committee web cast. i expect everybody in this room to be respectful of the senators and the witnesses speaking about this very serious subject. i do not want applause for or against any position. the capitol police have been notified to remove any audience interference in an effort to have orderly conduct for that. that is a warning i give the many hearings. we will hear a lot of perspective on gun violence. i will give opening statements. but we have a former member of congress here, gaby giffords who will give a brief message and believed and captain kelly, thank you for your help in bringing
are dying. too many children. we must do something. >> reporter: mark kelly testified. he talked about being a gun owner himself. kelly wants stricter gun trafficking laws and called for a "careful conversation on the types of guns that are legally bought and sold in the united states." >> first, fix gun background checks. the holes in our laws make a mockery of the background check system. the nra is calling for more armed guards and teachers i cross the country. also getting belter mental health checks for those who want to buy guns. >>> two troops are holding protests outside of her san francisco office. the western representation path is teaming up with the western warriors pack. >>> pretrial hearings begin in the fort hood shooting case. a new judge will decide whether major nidal hassan should face the death penalty. defense attorneys say he wants to plead guilty to 13 counts of premeditated murder in the twine attack on the texas army post. military rules prohibit a judge accepting a guilty plea in a death penalty case. if the death penalty was removed, he would face life in frison --
at a public outreach meeting in tucson. she and her husband retired astronaut mark kelly have formed a political action group aimed at strengthening gun laws. >>> on to the big story this morning. traffic is still a mess thanks to a major crash on the beltway early this morning. this was from about 90 minutes ago. you can see cars slowly getting by on route 50 in lanham. it involved a fire truck and an suv and sent people to the hospital. melissa malloy is live from the scene. what you can tell us? >> reporter: good morning, we're on the eighth hour of this massive cleanup. take a look behind me. you can see the inner loop sheer so snarled, people just coming through. the accident has been here since about 3:00 this morning. right now in the distance, you can see they're off-loading food from the tractor trailer. they plan to right that within the hour. traffic has just been a mess all morning. take a look from above. the camera on top of our truck shows the tractor trailer slammed on its side, teetering on the concrete jersey wall. the fire truck smashed. it was a truck full of volu
and there is her husband, mark kelly. he testified as well. among those speaking out against this assault weapons ban was wayne lapierre, the executive vice president of the national rifle association. >> we need to be honest about what works and what does not work. proposals that would only serve to burden the law abiding have failed in the past, and they'll fail again in the future. semi-automatic firearm technology has been around for 100 years. they're the most popular guns for hunting, target shooting, self-defense. despite this fact, congress banned the manufacture and sale of hundreds of semi-automatic firearms and magazines from '94 to 2004. independent studies, including one from the clinton justice department, proved that had no impact on lowering crime. when it comes to background checks, let's be honest, background checks will never be universal because criminals will never submit to them. there are a lot of things that can be done and we ask you to join with us. the nra is made up of millions of americans who support what works. the immediate protection of all, not just our schoolchi
are counting on you. >> she was pretty bold and courageous there. giffords husband, mark kelly, broke the news of the phoenix shooting we told you about during the hearing on gun violence in washington, which also included the nra's way wayne lapierre. later on "early start," james johnson tells us why he joined the fight for tighter gun laws. that's at 6:30 eastern. >>> recent mass killings have put guns and gun control in the spotlight across the nation. the controversial issue pits two passionately believed arguments against each other, constitutionality and commonsense safety, but can there be a solution to america's gun problems? anderson cooper looks at both sides of the debate in "guns under fire" tonight at 8:00 eastern on c nshgcnn. >>> we are a few hours away over a capitol hill showdown over the man who could be our next secretary of defense. >>> plus the invasion of gnomes, and how they have people in one community taking sides. the great gnome showdown. [ mal] how do you make america's favorite recipes? just begin with america's favorite soups. bring out chicken broccoli alfredo.
witness list, folks from both sides, pro safety, mark kelly, james johnson, a chief of police in baltimore and chairman of the national law enforcement partnership. those on the other side, wayne lapierre, nicholas johnson and gayle trotter but as i understand it, you heard there's some concern that there's a slant to those witnesses that they're more gun advocates than those who want to see some safety legislation put in place. >> well, that's right. i think that you have a more than handful senate democrats and not liberals, per se, pretty upset about the fact that chairman leahy of vermont who's the chairman stacked the witness list against those or in favor if you will of those who are against gun control and so i know that today senator dianne feinste feinstein, second on the judiciary committee and has assurance to have another hearing without a witness list that will be stacked or stacked the other way, if you will. i mean, and so i think that you have members -- if you look at the dias, you have senators of big snams, new york, california, illinois, connecticut where newtown was. t
that includes mark kelly, husband of gabby giffords. before testimony began, giffords made a plea for action. >> violence is a big problem. too many children are dying. be bold, be courageous. americans are counting on you. >> kelly followed, arguing for restrictions on magazine clips, enhanced mental health care, and advanced background checks. >> we're both gun owners, and we take that right and the responsibilities that come with it very seriously, but rights demand responsibility, and this right does not extend to terrorists, it does not extend to criminals, and it does not extend to the mentally ill. >> while wayne lapierre struck a posture less combative than previous press conferences, his views remain questionable, calling for an immediate blanket of security at schools, lapierre dismissed universal background checks, saying criminals would never submit to them. chairman leahy pressed lapierre on background checks and whether and how the nra head had changed his mind on closing gun show loopholes. >> should we have mandatory background checks at gun shows for sales of weapons? >> if
violence. gabby gifford's husband, mark kelly, is also expected to testify at the hearing. >>> in trenton, new jersey, authorities are touting the haul of weapons now off the streets thanks to a gun buyback program, bringing in 2600 hand guns. someone even hurn r turned in a rocket launcher. the state paid out $324,000 for the weapons, no questions asked. >>> a federal court is upholding san francisco's new nudity ban, so keep it under wraps. a judge ruled the ordinance does not violate first amendment rights. activists argued the right to strip down is a freedom of expression. the ban covers public areas across san francisco and goes into effect friday. >>> a mowmento from mickey mantdle's baseball career. just 536 so-called career rings were made. one for each of his home runs. the one in question belonged to his youngest son and it was stolen from his home in texas in 2007 and resurfaced at a pawnshop. an appraiser figured it was stolen. they followed a trail to a guy already in custody. >> that ring is going to go back to mickey's son, dan. >> as it should. >> they have agreed not to
the full senate. congresswoman gabby giffords and her husband mark kelly are set to testify as is nra executive wayne lapierrre. he has prepared remarks were released yesterday. his group will continue to oppose any and all new gun laws and that would include an assault weapons ban and any requirement for a universal background check. congressman paul ryan also against an assault weapons ban and any restriction on high-capacity magazines. seems to be breaking with the nra on one point. in an interview with the "milwaukee journal sentinel," congressman ryan called the gun show loophole an obvious problem. the nra has denied it exists. ryan has indicated he is willing to bend on closing the loophole. we're back with more show after the break. stay with us. right have, about the "heavy hand of government" ... i want to have that conversation. let's talk about it. really? you're going to lay people off because now the government is going to help you fund your healthcare. really? i want to have those conversations, not to be confrontational, but to understand what the other side is say
and look forward to this hearing, thank you very much. >> i would ask that captain mark kelly and chief james johnson, mr. carter and ms. williams appear, sit behind europe -- stand behind your chair since we're in for the panel one time. please raise your right hand. do you solemnly swear that the testimony you are given is the truth, altered, and nothing but the truth, so help me god? let the record show that the witnesses have been sworn in. take your seats and i will suggest that i will call on each witness and try to keep to very strict time and call on each one to give their testimony and then we will open for questions and the usual way, alternating on both sides. our first witness is mark kelly. he is a retired astronauts and u.s. navy capt. and he recently co-founded americans for responsible solutions. says an advocacy group that promotes solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership. he did it with his wife, former congresswoman gabrielle giffords. capt. kelly, please go ahead, sir. >> thank yo for inviting me here today. i look forward to a construc
. >> testify for some curbs will be retired astronaut mark kelly, gifford tuscan. gifford is a democrat and a gun owner. >> now to the latest on superbowl 47. in about an hour from now coach harbaugh will hold a press conference. we take some of the live in you could watch the entire thing on our 24/7 bay area news channel, comcast 193. >> here you can see the players with coach jim harbaugh gathering together for their team photo in new orleans yesterday. harbaugh took some time out yesterday to press his brother, john we will face off against in just a few days and superbowl 47. >> i don't have the experience he does and the playoff appearances etc.. we know the task and great challenge ahead of us. >> media day yesterday did not come without controversy of commons. one of the most talked about was the 49ers why receiver randy moss. he used to be a star, but has not had a big role since he has joined the niners this year. still moss thinks he's the best receiver to play the game. >> i think now that i am older i do think i am the greatest receiver to ever do it. i did not live on numb
congress not to blame law-abiding gun owners for the recent shooootings. while mark kelly and gabby giffords are expected to push for universal back ground checks and limits on high capacity magazines. >>> in medical news, you may want to ask you boss for an earlier lunch hour. people on a diet who eat lunch early end up losing more weight than those that eat late in the afternoon. the body processes sugar differently te pending on time of day. >>> and finally, wow, the definition of american heroism. form eer soldier brendan marroc made a point of wheeling himself sp a press conference on tuesday. he was using transplanted arms. he lost his arms and legs in 2009. that has not stopped him. >> not having arms takes so much away from you. even your personality. i have oversome so much in the last four years. i really, honestly, wasn't worried about the risks. >> he says he feels like he's getting a second chance at life. he cannot wait to swim again. it might take two to three years to fully use his arms. another chance for us to thank each and every one of the servicemen and women pr
with her husband, former astronaut mark kelly. he told the panel cushing gun violence is a complex problem. but he says that is no excuse for inaction. >> when dangerous people get dangerous guns we are all the more vulnerable. dangerous people with weapons specifically designed to inflict maximum lethality upon others have turned every single corner of our society into places of carnage and gross human loss. jon: our next guest is the committee's ranking republican. he agrees we need some common sense reform but warns of the need to proceed with caution. >> we should not rush to pass legislation that will not reduce mass killings. banning guns based on their appearance does not make sense. the 1994 assault weapons bandied not stop columbine. the justice department found the ban ineffective. scholars have indicated that refining or expanding such legislation will not cut gun violence. jon: iowa senator chuck grassley joins us now live. senator, of the testimony you've heard so far today, what has had the most impact on you? >> well, obviously you can't help but feel sorry for congressman g
on capitol hill over gun control. former arizona congress woman gabby giffords and her husband mark kelly facing off against the leader of the n.r.a. >> law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals. nor do we believe government should dictate what we should lawfully own and use to protect our families. >> speaking is difficult, but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem. too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. >>steve: mark kelly says he and his wife are gun owners who have no plans to give up their weapons. even though they did think about joining the n.r.a. so can there be a compromise? joining us is fox news senior judicial analyst judge andrew napolitano. that's the question. can you adjust the laws as they are without changing the constitution? >> the people who support the second amendment, of which i am one, believe that an adjustment here, a tweaking there will open up the door way to more adjustments in the future and ultimately the government will be able to choose who carries guns.
first hearing on gun violence today. nra ceo wayne lapiere and mark kelly and giffords herself could make a surprise appearance. the couple launched their gun control advocacy group americans for responsible solutions earlier this morningnth and visited newtown connecticut following the mass shooting. today's hearing is expected to be highly incendiary. some of the most staunchly divided lawmakers. and ted cruz and john cornyn of supporters of second amendment rights. a new bill is gaining contraction on the hill. a bi-partisan group of senators including tom co burning, mark kirk joe shoechumer are working on a proposal to strengthen the enforcement of background checks. this does have a potential to break some of the gridlock. coburn said need to keep guns out of the hands of those who pose a danger to themselves and others. and to draft a bill gun rights supporters can get behind. more bill press is up after the break. stay with us. [ music ] these talking points, that the right have, about the "heavy hand of government" ... i want to have that conve
committee on gun violence. also testifying, retired navy captain mark kelly, husband of former congresswoman gabrielle giffords, who was shot two years ago in tucson. the washington post as a story about how families react when local public schools closed. a group of activists a closing schools most of text poor and minority students. -- most effects poor. we would like to hear from you. here are the numbers to call -- you can also find us online. send us a tweet. wheat can share that on the air. you can join the conversation on facebook by looking for c-span .r e-mail us in the headline in the washington post this morning -- what you think's? is closing public schools a civil rights issue? the washington post says -- other stories related to this, from "the huffington post" -- those phone numbers again -- we will start with an independent caller this morning. lou in connecticut. good morning. caller: good morning. i would like to see all public schools closed. public schools are a government monopoly, and utter failure. it would be like having a government monopoly in the automobile industr
there will be change." i am proud to say that steve barton has made the sandy hook promise, gabby giffords and mark kelly have also. tens of thousands of americans from connecticut and across the country have made the sandy hook promise as an ally. -- as have i.. i want to ask mr. la irerre if -- mr. lapierre, will you make the promise? >> we have advocated putting our security in the schools, fixing the mental health system, computerizing the records of those mentally adjudicated. i would hope we could convince some of these companies -- by mdot talking about the first amendment -- to stop putting out the violent video games and finally, we need to enforce the reasonable gun laws on but books that the nra supports. >> can i take that as a yes? >> yes, that is a yes. we have 11,000 policemen -- >> can i invite and urge you to advocate the responsible gun owners and i thank them for being responsible gun owners, also joined in the sense of promise? -- the sandy hook promised? >> there is not a law-abiding firearms owner across the united states that was not torn to pieces by what happened in sandy "
and with the headlines have been different? that would've made a big difference. say if the guy that mark kelly talked about, he was a hair's breadth from shooting an innocent person. the fact is the guy held both of those people on the ground, the assailant and the innocent person, and kept him from reloading the glock with another 33-round clip. did that make a difference? host: diane is in julian, california, democrat. caller: how are you? i did not hear your question? host: we have been asking have your views changed? caller: the question is, it has strengthened my views on gun control. we know that the president is traveling to minnesota today, where they do have. i do not know all the laws in minnesota. i do have relatives there. the president's agenda is to strengthen the background checks, also, a ban on assault weapons, and improve the mental health care system. i have been in law enforcement many years. the men i have worked around, some have never had to use their service revolvers. we are in a different culture now, a different behavior, a different lifetime. i've been around where there h
and it will be a showdown between two powerful names. on one side, the ceo of the nra will testify. on the other side, mark kelly, the husband of former congresswoman gabrielle giffords will thereby to support new gun control rules. and we hear now that giffords herself may speak at the beginning of that hearing. >>> developing story out of alabama. police trying to negotiate with a gunman who is holding a six-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker. it all started at 4:00 p.m. yesterday in midland city. the 65-year-old suspect boarded a school bus, shot the driver, and grabbed a boy. >> he started telling him he needed a kid because something about the law coming after him. then he shot the bus driver and the driver's foot was gas and we went backwards and everybody started screaming and then the bus driver was still there and we just all got off the bus and went to a neighbor's house. >> gretchen: unfortunately the bus driver did die. swat team members still on the scene of that house. they've been communicating with the gunman. we're told the child needs medication and the suspect has allowed poli
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